Melbourne Victory has confirmed that club stalwart Archie Thompson has signed a one-year contract extension, keeping him at the club until the end of the Hyundai A-League 2015/16 season.
Thompson, the A-League’s leading goal scorer with 89 goals, will join his team mates on Monday when the playing group return from their end-of-season break.
With 210 A-League games to his credit, Thompson is one of only nine players to appear in 200 or more A-League matches since the competition began in 2005.
Melbourne Victory CEO Ian Robson said the retention of Thompson on the playing roster was an outcome that the club had always been working towards.
“Kevin Muscat said all along that he wanted Archie to stay at the club,” Robson said.
“We are all thrilled to have Archie wear the Melbourne Victory strip for an incredible 11th consecutive season and for him to play his part in contributing to our title defence.”
Thompson, 36, said he was thrilled to secure his future and admitted he was always commited to remaining with the Hyundai A-League Champions.
“I always wanted to stay and now that it has all worked out that way, I couldn’t be happier,” Thompson said.
“To be a one-club player is very important to me and I feel like I can give something back to the club and the fans that have been so supportive of me over ten great years.”